Blues GM Doug Armstrong: "We did talk to forwards, did talk to defensemen, and we still have some lines in the water. We're waiting to see what happens in the next week to 10 days. But I believe we have a good team and we have the assets to improve if we can (via trade)."
That should sound vaguely familiar to most Blues fans, as it's what we hear on an annual basis. The thing to remember, however, is that when Armstrong said this last season, the Blues got off to their best 12 game start in franchise history before injuries started piling up.
Of course, that team still included Brad Boyes and Eric Brewer, but even so, the team played solid team hockey until injuries derailed the effort. This season, you have to look at the improvements the Columbus Blue Jackets have made in Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski and wonder if the Blues are going to do better than Brian Elliott. Re-signing D'Agostini was a big step forward, but more has to be done if the team wants to compete in one of the toughest divisions in hockey.